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  • verb To remove or abolish completely.
  • verb To search for and discover.

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  • verb destroy completely, as if down to the roots
  • verb pull up by or as if by the roots


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  • From a philosopher's dream: 'I was standing in a hall full of people who were listening to a speaker inveighing against synthetic a priori propositions. The atmosphere owed a lot to speeches by Hitler on the Jews and Joseph McCarthy on Communists: the speaker was standing behind one of those old-style microphones, shouting: We must root out synthetic a priori propositions! We must eliminate them! The crowd was getting increasingly worked up. I was standing by the wall, watching, feeling deeply uneasy.'

    January 12, 2009